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RATINGS: 1536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2004
This is available year round? Then I am truly in "Hog Heaven". As I swirl this around in my Duvel glass, I mumble the words.. Thank you sweet Jesus...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
A gorgeous rich, deep, orange-copper colour. Sweet cookie dough malt aroma, biscuity, caramel and toffee, some vanilla. Also shows lots of resiny hoppiness with orange-citrus notes. Flavour is very similar to the aroma, sweet sticky malt on the front, cookie dough, caramel and toffee, with a healthy dose of hops, resiny citrus and a nice shot of spicy hops in the finish (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg). Amazingly well-balanced for such a big beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4888) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2004
Crisp clear dark amber. Not as dark as many of this style. Nice thick head and creamy lacing. Delicious aroma doesn’t overpower but invites you to inhale deeply. Hops start the scent and the malt combines nicely. Hops tickle the tongue at first touch. Hops fight with alcohol all the way through the finish. Hops win! Maltier than expected. Missing some of the depth and spice of some other Barley Wines but as a high alcohol - high hop beverage this is indeed a treat. Caramel and toffee malts blend well with the hops and the defeated alcohol is forgotten...till you stand up.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
This is a very drinkable barley wine. Has a good hop character. There arn’t many prominent flavors to compliment, but that is the good thing about this beer. It is an easy drinking barley wine, and for me, that is sometimes a very good thing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Pours a deep, dark orange brown - looks almost like tomato juice at first blush. Decent sized off white head at first but fades halfway thorugh the bomber. Exquisitely sweet aroma - hints of canned brown bread, molasses and dates. Same aromas carry over to the flavor for the most part. Also pick up some faint Christmas Spices as well. Very drinkable Barley wine - hides the 9.2ABV very well. Delectabel mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2004
ON TAp at blind tiger ale house NYC, Nice amber color, good hoppyness with a good alcohol bite gotta love those flyin pigs

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Very good sized head for a barley wine. Chunky head which last for a while. Decent lacing. Awesome aroma. Loads of peaches, apricot, floral hops and a tad of roasted grains. Color is a dark amber with good clarity. Flavor is thick and succulent, but not syrupy, with heaps of hops and a little fruit. Not like the aroma though. Smooth and well balanced. Goes down very easy. Nice bitter finish. A top quality barley wine that is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. I like this stuff a lot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Those litte flying pigs are up to mischief, and it sure is delicous, the mischief that is.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark amber/red color.Small white head that faded slowly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and hoppy with a decent citrus side to it and maybe a bit of a pine note as well.The flavor was malty and fairly hoppy with a decent grapefruit and pien flavor coming thorugh.Fairly heavy mouth feel sort of syrupy with a semi sweet to bitter flavor coming on as it warms up.Not to bad a brew but i could deal with a little less of the syrup like feel that seems to take awhile to get off your pallate.It’s well worth trying but not something i will be indulging in anytime soon.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Super Cascades, aroma grapefruity, also some peach and resin. Starts and ends with hops. I know some people think this is the cat’s ass. Why?


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